For the second time this season WBA won 5-0 this afternoon, and with the 3 points go one point clear of Newcastle at the top of the Championship on 28 points.
Nigel Pearson – has done wonders at Leicester City
Their other 5-0 league triumph was at Middlesbrough on 19th September, and that may well have been the time that Middlesbrough Chairman Steve Gibson started to have second thoughts on then manager Gareth Southgate.
The Riverside Stadium crowd was again a disappointing low 21,141.
Leicester City had an excellent 2-1 win at QPR last night and in their last 6 games they have 4 wins and 2 draws, so they are in a hot streak of form – and in Newcastle’s last 5 games have gained 6 points on the Magpies.
That’s what happens when you pick up just 5 points in 5 games, which is Newcastle’s recent league form. 🙁
Of course Leicester City’s manager is Nigel Pearson, who was at Newcastle until February 8th of last year, when he left and a week later joined Southampton as their new manager.
But he had Leicester top of the 3rd division last season, and they are continuing their excellent form this season, and are now level with Newcastle on 27 points, with an inferior goal difference.
Nigel joined Leicester in early June of last year, and has proved to have been a great signing, for the former Premier League side.
Of course Newcastle beat Leicester City 1-0 at St. James’ Park earlier in the season, but not before Leicester were by far the better team in the first half.
The WBA goal difference right now is is +16 compared with Newcastle’s +12, so we need to bang in a few goals against the lesser sides in the division when we play them – and our best win this season is the 4-0 win at Ipswich followed by the 3-0 home win against Reading.
Cardiff City are just one point behind Newcastle but have a better goal difference of +15, and they play tomorrow at home to Nottingham Forest, who are 10th in the league.
But Forest have a great away record, they are unbeaten and have 2 wins and 5 draws in their 7 games on the road so far this season.
Newcastle, of course, play away to Sheffield United on Monday evening, and by then we could be 3rd top of the league if Cardiff manage to win tomorrow.
We will need a win to stay on top of the league, and if we can can get Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini and Smith back into the starting line-up, that could even be possible.
8 comments so far
Oct 31, 2009 at 9:26 PMComment #1
Yes a win is vital on Monday evening and looking at sheffield lately, I think its possible. And if we do get it, I think we can get back to consistant winning ways.
What about poor Phil Brown at Hull these days, I bet he won’t take the mic out at the end of this season to show off his vocals….muppett
Oct 31, 2009 at 9:39 PMComment #2
irishtoon9 >What about poor Phil Brown at Hull these days, I bet he won’t take the mic out at the end of this season to show off his vocals….muppett
LOL I cant wait untill he gets tango’ed
Oct 31, 2009 at 11:25 PMComment #3
At least a profit! Is anybody going to Adidas Arena these days?
Nov 1, 2009 at 12:03 AMComment #4
Just read your link Barro….I see it happening and I think after this season (after we remain in the fizzys)many older fans will just throw in the towel…my dads more or less had enough and he has been a supporter all his life…well over 50 years.
I don’t know how true the story is but the way it says that a Stand will be named after Bobby in the New Arena is typical sicko Ashley style tactics.
Nov 1, 2009 at 12:12 AMComment #5
You won’t have to throw in the towel. I believe you just have to stick with whatever Mike Ashley does. Whatever he done has happened and is gone we can’t do anything about it. He owns the club, We can’t make any decisions. He is trying to get us worse. If its Adidas Arena than i guess it is. Just have to deal with it. That article does sound true.
Nov 1, 2009 at 12:55 AMComment #6
Interesting thoughts guys, but it is in my blood, I don’t care if MA owns the club outright, it still belongs more to me, than it will ever be his. Even if we end up in the conference, I will still be there, even if we go out of business and have to be the new boro (est 1985?) I will still be there. If you are a football fan truly, you cannot change your allegiance, you cannot turn it off, (if we were, we would all follow Manyoo and Chelski) you have to follow your team, I can’t change, and I will not change, come on the Toon, and as for MA, I will still be here long after you are dead!
Nov 1, 2009 at 1:23 AMComment #7
Agree I would never ditch the club for another….I can’t even discuss football with glorychasers.
Born in the Toon and the Toon is my club…be a damn shame if the stadium name is changed…the owners lunacy knows know bounds I don’t think we have started to see the worst of it yet….I genuinely fear for the future and have no hope in promotion this season.
It is apparent there is no future planning,sturdy foundations being laid…it’s just one crock of Plop to the next.
Being thrifty in retail may well work as a master plan…in football those traits fail as we have all witnessed first hand.
Nov 1, 2009 at 11:31 AMComment #8
Well I don’t care what they call the STADIUM. It will still be located in St James’ Park. I will always sit in either the Leazes end or the Gallowgate end not the Sir John Hall Stand etc.